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Book inspired by discovery of remains

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Some stories are so big they need more than one person to tell them.

A group of archaeologists, educators, and illustrators, an aboriginal storyteller, and a University of Winnipeg professor have worked together over the past five years to create a picture book about a young Cree woman who lived in northern Manitoba in the mid-17th century.
The book is called Pisim Finds Her Miskanow.

Mavis Reimer, a U of W English professor as well as the Canada Research Chair in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, explained the story is a historical narrative based on the reanimation of the young girl.

"When they found her remains, they pieced together who she might have been, based on the tools she had been buried with, the clothing that remained and so on," Reimer said.

The inspiration for the book came from the discovery of a young woman’s remains at Nagami Bay, Southern Indian Lake, Man. in 1993.

The book launched at the Manitoba Museum on Sept. 19.

— Staff

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